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Hubbell, Will

(?   -    ) US illustrator and author, who also writes fantasy as Morgan Howell. He should not be confused with the photographer William B Hubbell Jr (1934-    ). His Constance Clements sequence of Time Travel tales, comprising Cretaceous Sea (2002) and Sea of Time (2004), moves initially to the Cretaceous era, 65,000,000 years ago, where a resort has been set up at the potential epicentre of a world-changing Disaster; in the second, rather ...

Taylor, Charles D

(1938-    ) US author whose Bernie Ryng series of Technothrillers beginning with First Salvo (1985) offers a Cold War perspective on conflicts in the very Near Future, with a strong emphasis on action at sea. Of his singletons, Show of Force (1980) depicts sea battles between East and West in a similar context, with World War Three being averted in the nick of time. [JC]

Hunger Games, The

Film (2012). Lionsgate/Color Force. Directed by Gary Ross. Written by Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray. Cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland. 142 minutes. Colour. / Immensely popular adaptation of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (2008), first novel of her immensely popular Young Adult series The Hunger Games. In the story of a teenage deathmatch there are obvious parallels to Battle Royale (2000) but Collins adds reality Television and ...

Urban, Simon

(1975-    ) German author of sf interest for Plan D (2011; trans Katy Derbyshire 2013), an Alternate History Dystopia in which, having survived the turmoil or "wende" of 1989-1990, the German Democratic Republic struggles against inherent dogma and corruption until 2011, becoming increasingly similar to the kind of world George Orwell described in Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949); finally, in part through revelations engendered through a thriller plot, a difficult rapprochement ...

To the Moon

Videogame (2011). Freebird Games. Designed by Kan Gao. Platforms: Win. / To the Moon is a graphical Adventure about Dream Hacking in which events are displayed from above in a forced three-dimensional perspective. Created in Canada as an Independent Game and set in the Near Future, its fiction depends on a technology which allows specialists to enter and manipulate the memories of their patients, lending an apparent reality to their unfulfilled dreams and ambitions (see Memory Edit). Since ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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